Zen & the Arts - Field Notes

True Qian, 2009 © Allison Atwill. Charcoal on paper with acrylic and silver leaf. 24″ x 31″

Our own awakening is in the same realm as painting – In the way that while we are struggling to find/make the painting, something immense is looking for us. And when the piece finally comes to rest and is complete, when we look back, we can see, yes, this is how to make this painting. We discovered the directions by painting our way through. It is beyond our ideas of necessary and unnecessary steps, it is simply the way.

KOAN

Qian and her soul are separated.  Which is the true Qian?

 

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